You can change this easy French chocolate truffle recipe to include different flavors such as ginger, coffee, or orange. This easy chocolate candy is very popular in France, especially around the holidays.
At their simplest, truffles are made from a chocolate ganache recipe, which is a mixture of chocolate and cream. Adding a bit of butter makes the truffles firmer when cold.
A lovely bit of full blown chocolate in your mouth is very often all that is needed to close a meal. By indulging in one or two delicious bites and fully savoring them, you needn't bother with all of the extra calories and fuss a more elaborate dessert might bring with it. And if you are hungering for a bit of variety in your chocolate experience, it is easy to vary the secondary flavors of truffles by adding a little something.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. On low heat warm the cream and butter until nearly boiling. Pour over chocolate and mix gently and thoroughly.
Allow to cool and than cover and refrigerate over night.
The next day, using a melon baller, scoop the chocolate into balls. Or just scoop out spoonfuls of the chocolate and quickly roll in your hands to make a ball. Roll the balls in the cocoa and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Chocolate Truffle Recipe Variations
Other coatings.The contrast between the sweet of the chocolate on the inside and the bitter of the cocoa on the outside is quite nice, but you can roll the truffles in other things as well. Try finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut or powdered sugar.
Truffes au cognac. Mix in two tablespoons of cognac to the chocolate mixture before refrigerating.
Truffes au café. Add one tablespoon of instant coffee to the cream and butter before pouring it over the chocolate.
Truffes à l'orange.Chop two ounces of candied orange peel very finely and mix it with the broken chocolate before pouring on the warmed cream.
Truffes au framboise. Mix in two tablespoons of Chambord liqueur for a fabulous raspberry flavored chocolate treat.
Truffes au gingembre. Chop two ounces of candied ginger very finely and mix it with the broken chocolate before pouring on the warmed cream.
At Christmas time in France, the grocery store devotes at least an entire aisle to various confections. These treats make popular gifts. You can always find among them a section offering dozens of brands of candy truffles. Truffles beat other chocolates out everytime for pure chocolate pleasure.
Gift Idea: Whip up a batch of truffles, using the easy chocolate truffle recipe given here, and adding a variety of flavors and coverings. Arrange them on a beautiful serving plate, like this Lenox Holiday Candy Dish. This makes a
gorgeous present to offer a friend at Christmas time or anytime of the year.